› (one of around 500 properties in Australia). This means the owners have an ongoing commitment to establishing and maintaining habitat for native animals and birds: lyrebirds, bowerbirds, parrots, rosellas, yellow robins, silver eyes and a myriad of other birds are frequent visitors. In addition to habitat restoration, the property has sought to be more environmentally friendly in other ways. Retro-fitted environmental features include: Insulation in ceilings and walls, wherever possible, both houses, during restoration. Installation of a Rainwater tank, 42 solar panels now on a smart meter, with the option to go off-grid. Efficient gas convection heating throughout, open fire in retreat, Jotul fireplace in the main house as well as a gas log fire in the lounge room. Solar hot water in the main house, Rinnai Infinity hot water in Retreat. During restoration owners rewired property and redid plumbing, replacing all old terracotta piping. There’s also a Back-to-Base alarm system installed for both houses. The current owner, who purchased the property with her late husband 21 years ago and restored it to its former glory is reluctantly downsizing. She says the floor plan of houses has multiple potential and use. One of the houses has been used as a holiday let. A large workshop is under the main house. bml To find out more call RA Lawrence at Leura on 02 4784 1991. HOME Blue Mountainslife 59